Angkor Borei – the hidden gem in Southern Cambodia

Not as well-known as Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom, Angkor Borei – a town which is located in Takeo province of Cambodia has several ruins and archaeological digs to be explored. To reach Angkor Borei from Takeo, you will need to take a boat ride for approximately 30 minutes. Along the way there, travelers have a chance to see the plain, as well as the rice fields; and especially, the local daily life on the river. Angkor Borei is very near to neighboring country Vietnam, only 12 km by waterway.

The History

This ancient city was known as an important religious and political settlement of the Kingdom of Funan, and some documents say that it may have been the capital. Funan just existed from the 1st century AD to the 6th century. It was the bridge to connect the Indochina region with India and China.

Angkor Borei from Cambodia
The Hidden Gems in Angkor Borei

What to expect from this place?

The archaeological ruins at Angkor Borei provide a fascinating glimpse into the advanced urban planning and sophisticated culture of the Funan civilization. The city was situated along major trade routes and was a hub of economic and cultural activity. Visitors can explore the remains of temples, palaces, and other structures that showcase the architectural and artistic achievements of the Funan people.

Some of the key highlights of Angkor Borei include:

  • The Angkor Borei Museum: This museum showcases a collection of artifacts and exhibits that provide insights into the daily life, religious practices, and artistic traditions of the Funan kingdom.
  • The Prasat Andet temple: This well-preserved brick temple is one of the most impressive structures within the Angkor Borei site. Visitors can admire the intricate carvings and architectural details.
  • The Angkor Borei Earthworks: These extensive earthworks, including moats, embankments, and canals, demonstrate the advanced urban planning and water management skills of the Funan people.
  • The Angkor Borei Ecotourism Site: This area offers opportunities for visitors to explore the natural beauty of the region, such as mangrove forests, wetlands, and traditional fishing villages.

Angkor Borei from Phnom Penh

Angkor Borei is located about 120 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. It takes more than two hours to drive from Phnom Penh downtown to Takeo province – a quiet town that totally differs from where you just come from.

The most convenient way to reach the site is by private car or taxi. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Phnom Penh’s central bus station to Takeo town and then hire a tuk-tuk or local transportation to reach the Angkor Borei site.

If you prefer a more adventurous route, you can also consider taking a boat trip along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Angkor Borei. This scenic journey can take 4 to 5 hours and provides a unique perspective on the Cambodian countryside.

Angkor Borei Day Tour

There are daily tours to Angkor Borei, usually departing from the capital city of Phnom Penh by the morning, after breakfast. After a short cruise to Angkor Borei, you can start your visit with a small museum; which is also named Angkor Borei.

This is a small mini collection of artifacts that was built in 2008 with Khmer unique architecture, not too much information but interesting to see. I can say the museum is just small, but they have got lots packed into it. It is highly recommended to go there with a local knowledgeable tour guide. The boat trip from Takeo to Angkor Borei costs around US$30 – 40 per person.

Angkor Borei Museum
Angkor Borei Museum

Angkor Borei Food

The harbor near Angkor Borei Museum is considered a floating fish market where all the boats gather to sell their fish. There, you can also find some beverage shops, “local style” with coconut water, and syrup with ice. Some kind of Khmer traditional dishes also available for sale. Yet, if you are not a food adventurer, think twice before trying them. If you are not too hungry, there are a couple of decent Khmer food restaurants near the waterfront, after the canal that heads to Vietnam, Angkor Borei, and Phnom Da. Plenty of cookeries in the area around the Independence Monument may also be found in Takeo.

Ideal time to go

The best time to visit Angkor Borei is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. During this period, the weather is relatively cool and dry, making it more comfortable to explore the archaeological site. Avoid the hot and humid months of May to October, as the weather can be quite challenging.

Furthermore After Angkor Borei

For those who prefer some off-the-beaten-track experiences, Phnom Da is a charming temple that should not be missed out. Not as majestic as Angkor Wat, this place is a hidden heritage with a stunning view. The journey can start after having some overview understanding from the Angkor Borei museum, the boat trip takes you further to Phnom Da, which is situated in Prek Ta Phor village.

It is possible to access the Phnom Da by two staircases and it is better to go up by one and go down by the other to enjoy different scenes. More than a hundred steps might not sound a lot but in the heat and humidity, make sure you have a bottle of water for this hike.

Most of the tourists go back after seeing the ruins of Angkor Borei, but if you make the extra 20km to Phnom Da, you have your reward. The journey itself provides more views of the rural areas, small villages, etc. When I came there, travelers paid US$3 to enter the temple.

Phnom Da Temple
Phnom Da Temple

Suggested Cambodia tours

If you have plenty of time in Phnom Penh, it is a nice idea to spend a day at Angkor Borei and Takeo. A place with rich history and local experiences.

From Indochina Voyages Team

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